Mountain Dwellings / BIG with JDS

Architects: BIG Architects
Location: Copenhagen,
Partner in Charge: Bjarke Ingles for , Julien De Smedt for JDS
Project Architect: Jakob Lange
Project Leader: Finn Nørkjær
Project Manager: Jan Borgstrøm
Construction Manager: Henrick Poulsen
Contributors: Annette Jensen, Dariusz Bojarski, Dennis Rasmussen, Eva Hviid-Nielsen, Joao Vieira Costa, Jørn Jensen, Karsten V. Vestergaard, Karsten Hammer Hansen, Leon Rost, Louise Steffensen, Malte Rosenquist, Mia Frederiksen, Ole Elkjær-Larsen, Ole Nannberg, Roberto Rosales Salazar, Rong Bin, Sophus Søbye, Søren Lambertsen, Wataru Tanaka
Collaborators: JDS/JULIEN DE SMEDT ARCHITECTS, Moe & Brødsgaard, Freddy Madsen Rådgivende Ingeniører ApS
Client: Høpfner A/S
Engineering: Moe & Brodsgaard
Construction: DS Elcobyg A/S /PH Montage
Project year: 2008
Constructed Area: 33,000 sqm
Photographs: Dragor Luft, Jacob Boserup, Jens Lindhe, Ulrik Jantzen

Open call for MONU new issue contributions

MONU – Magazine on Urbanism, is looking for interesting contributions for their coming issue #11 on the topic of “Clear Urbanism”.

When it comes to Clean Urbanism – i.e. an urbanism that is dedicated to minimizing both the required inputs for a city of energy, water, and food as well as its waste output of heat, air pollution as CO2, methan, and water pollution – a lot of proposals have been made recently for the building of so-called “eco-cities” that produce their own energy from the wind, the sun, bio-fuel, or recycled waste. But it has often been denied that such sources of energy, being integrated directly into cities, are highly inefficient, very expensive, and in the case of wind energy, very noisy. Nevertheless, wind turbines in an urban realm, for example, nowadays feature in almost every urban competition entry that requires sustainable energy concepts. Solar panels on rooftops have become state of the art on innumerable new building designs, however inefficient and expensive they are.

The question is: how might we achieve a Clean Urbanism that is socially, economically, and politically, but also environmentally correct? In the final analysis, what kind of soap or detergent do we need to achieve true Clean Urbanism? This question, and many others will be featured in the next issue.

Ideas and abstracts should be sent to by the end of May 2009. MONU#11 will be published in the summer of 2009.

For more information, go to MONU official site, here.

Lefevre House / Longhi Architects

Architects: Longhi Architects
Location: Punta Misterio,
Principal in Charge: Luis Longhi
Project Architect: Christian Bottger
Project Manager: Carla Tamariz
Collaborators: Hector Suasnabar, Ysa Jamis
Construction: / Hector Suasnabar
Project year: 2006-2008
Constructed Area: 530 sqm
Photographs: CHOlon Photography

Avant Chelsea / 1100 Architect

Architect: 1100 Architect
Location: ,
Principal: Juergen Riehm, David Piscuskas
Project Architect: Christine Harper
Project Managers: Bo Lee, Sebastian Kaempf
Designer: Jessica Spiegel
MEP Engineer: ESC Consulting Engineers
Structural Engineer: Robert Silman Associates
General Contractor: Hunter Roberts Construction Group
Exterior Consultant: Israel Berger
Project Year: 2008
Constructed Area: 2,973 sqm
Photographs: Sebastian Kaempf, Lisa Bubbers

Envisioning the Future of Jakarta – International Architectural and Urban Design Competition

The International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR) 2009 in collaboration with Ikatan Arsitek Indonesia (Indonesian Institute of Architects Chapter) is pleased to announce an idea competition on the theme of ‘Gotong Royong City’ in the context of the extended metropolitan region of . Three winning entries will be selected by an international jury for exhibition in the IABR 2009 and awarded prizes totaling 7,000 euros.

This competition would like to encourage architects and urban designers to research, dream, and speculate about Jakarta and its future.

WARNING! Registration closes March 14, so hurry up! You can registrate here.
Image via Flickr, by greenboxhouse.

AD Round Up: Public Facilities Part I

It’s Tuesday, that means Round Up day! Over the past weeks we brought you our selection of Patio Houses and Beach Houses. It’s time to go bigger, with our first selection of Public Facilities previously featured on ArchDaily.

Beijing / Foster + Partners
Located between the existing eastern runway and the future third runway, Terminal 3 and the Ground Transportation Centre (GTC) together enclose a floor area of approximately 1.3 million m2, mostly under one roof. The first building to break the one million square meter barrier, it will accommodate an estimated 50 million passengers per annum by 2020. Although conceived on an unprecedented scale, the building’s design aims to resolve the complexities of modern air travel, combining spatial clarity with high service standards (read more…)

Zenith Strasbourg / Massimiliano Fuksas
The new Zenith building is an important project for the exhibition area in Strasbourg. It will be the new attraction which will give impulses to the future development of the city’s infrastructure. The concept of the design is based on a modular and a well balanced organization of the different elements: good views for all spectators, best acoustics and an optimized cost management already addressed during the concept phase of the design. The building is to be understood as a single, unifying and autonomous sculpture (read more…)

Kastrup Sea Bath / White arkitekter AB
Reaching out into the Øresund from Kastrup Strandpark in Kastrup, Kastrup Sea Bath forms a living and integral part of the new sea front. The project consists of the main building on the water, the new beach and an ajoining service building with lavatories and a handicap changing room. A wooden pier leads the visitor round to a circular construction, gradually elevating above the sea surface, and ending in a 5m diving platform. The building material is Azobé wood, chosen for it’s durability in sea water (read more…)

Congress Centre Brdo / Bevk Perović arhitekti
Congress Centre Brdo, built on the occasion of Slovenian Presidency of the European Union, is located in the Brdo compound, a medieval castle complex formerly belonging to Yugoslav royal family, 20 kilometers from Ljubljana. Building is conceived as a low glass pavilion which by no means reveals its representative purpose and leaves the primary role to nature. The volume of Congress Centre Brdo follows the outlines of existing old service building of the castle from which the congress centre is distanced by a stone platform (read more…)

Tivoli Concert Hall / 3XN
The venerable hall has been renovated in respect of its historical surroundings; the building has been gently modernized and improved with regards to the modern, second millennium requirements for a concert hall. The scene and the orchestra pit have been expanded, the acoustics and seating comfort considerably improved. And the Tivoli spirit remains intact. Moreover, a new extension has been realized in a light, transparent and modern expression in keeping with the existing Tivoli pavilion architecture (read more…)

Retail Park “B-Park” / BURO II

Architects: BURO II & BONTINCK
Location: Bruges,
Client: NV Codic
Project Year: 2007 -2008
Constructed Area: 42.000 sqm
Photographs: Kris Vandamme

Residence Ladoumegue / Student Housing by ECDM

French firm Emmanuel Combarel Dominique Marrec architects (ECDM), designed this student housing building for 190 students in Rue des Petits Ponts, Paris, .

The project brings together the two main characteristics of the site, the presence of imposing, solid built masses and the indefinite, fleeting landscape of the peripheric boulevard. The program is repetitive by nature: 190 student rooms, for 190 students of the same age, with the same education level. do not try to confront this repetition but rather create unity and identity, bringing together these 190 individualities. The repetition of a common module generates the façades, creating a monolithic image, contrasting with the lightness and aerial nature of the project.

You can see more information here.
Images after the break.

Qantas Sydney First Lounge


The Qantas Sydney First Lounge is a pre-flight departure lounge for premium Qantas customers. Located at the Sydney International Terminal, it offers 180 degree views of Sydney city and Botany Bay and welcomes more than 150,000 guests per year. Led by the vision of internationally renowned Australian designer Marc Newson in collaboration with his associate architect Sebastien Segers and Woods Bagot, the flagship Qantas First Lounge in Sydney sets an international benchmark in lounge design with the highest levels of comfort, service and luxury.

ORDOS 100 #25: Estudio Barozzi Veiga

This villa is located in plot #09 of the ORDOS project.

Architects: Estudio Barozzi Veiga / Fabrizio Barozzi, Alberto Veiga
Location: Ordos, Inner Mongolia,
Collaborators: Antonio Pinto, Agnieszka Samsel, Pieter Janssens, Michele Andreatta
Structure Consultant: BOMA . Guillem Baraut
Design year: 2008
Construction year: 2009-2010
Curator: Ai Weiwei, Beijing, China
Client: Jiang Yuan Water Engineering Ltd, Inner Mongolia, China
Constructed Area: 1,000 sqm aprox

Unemployed Architects

photo via Seattle PI

A few days ago I was googling “unemployed architect” to see what are they up to after being laid off during current crisis, and found 2 good examples.

The first one was the blog Unemployed Architect, ran by a women from Boston (who i´m pretty sure reads ArchDaily because of some of her video posts) who got laid off recently. On her blog she writes about how she spends her days, her new free time, waking up at 11AM, rediscovering the city, hanging out at Starbucks… but that took my attention was that she was applying to grad schools, as a way to evade the crisis. I recently spoke with some young architects with a very active practice, and both partners were considering pursuing another masters degree, using the crisis as an excuse to slow down in the practice and focus on studies.

This reminded me that during the previous crisis, there were very good architects teaching at my school, now i see why.

But there was another news that took my attention.  John Morefield (27), an architect from Seattle, had a very good idea after being laid off twice in a year: he setup a booth at a local fair, answering home remodeling questions for 5¢. On the first day he earned 35¢. But that wasn´t his real earn, but the 7 conversations he started, with 7 potential clients he meet.

This way he started to build a network, also pairing these new clients with contractors he recommended. This resulted in Architecture 5¢, an office were “no project is too small for ideas”.

A very good use of something that every architect goes by, when friends or relatives ask questions on remodeling, used as a way to overturn the crisis.

SOM included in “The World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies”

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) has been included in Fast Company’s annual list of “The World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies”. SOM was ranked #32 (the only AEC company on the ranking), on a list that also features renowned companies such as Google and Apple, with The Obama Team at the top of the list.

Fast Company also rated number one on its list of the 10 most innovative architecture firms:

  1. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill: The world’s tallest building, the world’s greenest high-rise, and dozens of other superlatives make SOM a massive — and dynamically creative — commercial force.
  2. Herzog & de Meuron: The Beijing Olympics made this firm’s “Birds’ Nest” stadium an instant icon; its “Hanging Gardens of Babylon” design for the Miami Art Museum shows range.
  3. Zaha Hadid: A sexy little pop-up pavilion for Chanel. An ice-sculpture-like design for the Nordpark Cable Railway. A trippy design for the Guggenheim Hermitage in Vilnius. Hadid’s work is consistently jaw-dropping.
  4. Rem Koolhaas’s OMA: You have to love a guy who can design both a giant headquarters building for China’s CCTV and catwalks for Prada.
  5. Steven Holl: His “Linked Hybrid” complex in Beijing, which opened last fall, shows genius and technological virtuosity. Even Holl’s smaller projects — say, Kansas City’s Nelson Atkins Museum of Art — can be breathtaking in their simple majesty.
  6. Foster + Partners: A double-decker bus for London, an ethereal bridge in France, and the world’s most advanced airport terminal in Beijing show the range and global fluency of this British stalwart.
  7. Renzo Piano: The firm’s plan for the California Academy of Sciences, with its undulating roof, is a triumph of green design. Another contribution: The Times’ new headquarters, which the paper is hoping to mortgage for a $400 million spring debt payment.
  8. Christian de Portzamparc: Little known in the U.S. outside architecture devotees, de Portzamparc is notable for the LVMH Tower in New York and the breathtaking concert hall for the Luxembourg Philharmonic. His design for the opera house in Rio de Janeiro will be an instant landmark.
  9. KieranTimberlake: The firm’s “Cellophane House” was the hit of MoMA’s prefab home show last summer.
  10. Olsen Sundberg Kundig Allen: This Seattle firm boasts a dossier of important public buildings, but what we love most: a skillful hand with -residences framing sub-lime natural vistas.

See the complete list here.

Vila Joiosa Auditorium Theatre / Arquitecturas Torres Nadal

Architects: José Mª Torres Nadal y Antonio Marquerie Tamayo
Location: Alicante, Spain
Collaborators: Christohp Schmid, Iván Capdevila, Andrés Silanes, Mabel Toledo, Leticia Ballester
Structural Engineering: BOMA, Agustí Obiol
Acoustical Engineering: Jaime Llinares, José Forteza
Rigger: Rafael Pastor + Francisco Pérez Martínez
Promotor: Ayuntamiento de La Vila Joiosa
Project year: 2002-2004
Construction year: 2005-2007
Photographs: José Mª , Lluís Casals, Juan de la Cruz Megías, Subarquitecturas

So, Brad Pitt wants to be an architect?

Yesterday we posted about the influence in architecture of famous actor Brad Pitt. To continue with this Pitt/Architecture debate, listen to  this podcast made by Ted Wells, who talks about the popularity of architects thanks to Brad, among other things.

You can listen to the podcast, here.
Thanks to Jason Hebert for sharing the information.

Sliding House by dRMM in action

Sometimes photos aren´t enough to describe a project. Wallpaper* featured a cool video showing how the Sliding House works. By british architects dRMM:

The brief was simple: to build a house to retire to in order to grow food, entertain and enjoy the East Anglia landscape. The outcome was as unconventional as they come. A structure that has the ability to vary or connect the overall building’s composition and character according to season, weather or simply a desire to delight. Wallpaper* took a trip to the site to capture the physical phenomenon in the only medium that serves it justice – film.

Director: Dan Lowe Producer Mags Milan
Camera: Dan Lowe, Oly Durey, Jamie Durand Editor: Matt Dollings Music courtesy of: Talvihorros Productions company: Partizan/Darkroom Special thanks to: Jordan McGarry, Lauren Hedges, Ross & Sally Russell, Alex De Rijke

LEGO Group’s Development Department / Bosch & Fjord

Architects: Bosch & Fjord
Location: Billund, Denmark
Client: LEGO Group’s Development Department
Project Year: 2007
Photographer:  Anders Sune Berg

Architecture and Influence: Brad Pitt

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It’s no mystery that you don´t need to graduate from architecture school at university to become an architect – just ask Le Corbusier, Mies or Frank Lloyd Wright.

Clearly Brad Pitt didn´t go to school either, but trust me that I wouldn´t be too surprised to see him receiving an architect award or the honorary title from a renowned US university. Who´s more “architect”? The one that went to school and never built, o the one who didn´t went to school and builds?

Despite the fact that he states that “whilst acting is my career, architecture is my passion”,  not only he has more work that most of the architects i know.  As if announcing a 800 room sustainable hotel in Dubai wasn´t enough, he spent his visit to Washington DC meeting senators and congressmen -such as Nancy Pelosi, as pictured above-  to gather support for this project/foundation Make It Right, aiming to develop housing prototypes for the reconstruction of .

This project works with practices such as MVRDV, Shigeru Ban and Morphosis, who developed 13 prototypes for the first stage to consolidate a 150-house neighborhood, having 90 financed so far thanks to donations to his foundation.

On previous news about Brad Pitt and his passion for architecture, several people commented that this was just an actor´s caprice… I would take this more seriously.  The fact of studying at an architecture school or not  seems very irrelevant to me, compared to the smart way on using his fame and exposition to develop and finance architectural projects, such as his house, a multi million dollar hotel, restaurants and interiors with Frank Ghery or a foundation to rebuild New Orleans, getting goverment´s attention and raising dozens of millions of dollars, something that lots of architects would really like to.

I´ve heard of very succesful architects coming from totallly unrelated backgrounds, such as finances… it seems that Hollywood and architecture don´t work bad either.

But beyond the anecdotal aspect, I think that what´s remarkable on this is how an “outsider” to the architecture world is able to give us a good teaching on how to origin, develop and finance an interesting project such as MIR making a good use of his available resources, such as public image and influence on this case.

Cie architects to design the Tianjin Urban Planning Museum

Dutch firm Cie Architects recently received first prize in the competition to design the Tianjin Urban Planning Museum, .

The building is composed of 3 distinct sections: Urban planning museum and offices, new year’s painting gallery and studios, and a conference centre totaling 29,000 sqm including .

Seen at designboom. For more details, click here.
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